Lou Reed – Growing Up In Public (1980/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: August 28, 2017)

Lou Reed – Growing Up In Public (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:41 minutes | 827 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1980, Air Studios, Montserrat

Growing Up in Public was a transitional album for Lou Reed; it was his last set with his long-running road band (dominated by keyboardist Michael Fonfara), and while the fleshed-out arrangements are of a piece with Reed’s work on Rock & Roll Heart and The Bells, the lyrics of the best songs anticipate the directly personal, emotionally naked songwriting that marked the two extraordinary albums that would follow, The Blue Mask and Legendary Hearts. “How Do You Speak to an Angel,” “My Old Man,” and “Standing on Ceremony” deal with Reed’s family issues with a direct force he hadn’t summoned since “Kill Your Sons” (we’ll leave it to others to debate their accuracy), and “So Alone” and “Keep Away” both offer a trenchant but heart-rending look at modern relationships. And “The Power of Positive Drinking” is amusing, but rather surprising coming from a guy who would give up alcohol and drugs a year after this was released. Growing Up in Public didn’t get much notice on its initial release, but all these years later it sounds like a dry run for what was to be the most creatively fruitful period of Lou Reed’s solo career.

1 How Do You Speak To An Angel 04:08
2 My Old Man 03:14
3 Keep Away 03:33
4 Growing Up In Public 03:03
5 Standing On Ceremony 03:32
6 So Alone 04:11
7 Love Is Here To Stay 03:12
8 The Power Of Positive Drinking 02:15
9 Smiles 02:45
10 Think It Over 03:26
11 Teach The Gifted Children 03:22

Lou Reed: guitar, vocals, production
Michael Fonfara: keyboards, guitar, production
Chuck Hammer: guitar, guitar synthesizer
Michael Suchorsky: drums
Ellard “Moose” Boles: bass, background vocals
Stuart Heinrich: guitar, background vocals


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